The Western Australian Government will heritage list all the war graves of Victoria Cross recipients by ANZAC Day in 2018, marking the 100-year anniversary of the end of WWI.
Listing the graves will honour the commitment made by Premier Mark McGowan while he was in opposition.
Part of the process will include identifying the graves and research into the stories of the people who died.
Heritage Minister David Templeman said it is important to recognise and protect these sites.
“Heritage listing these important and significant war graves will ensure they are protected for the future,” he said.
“I have directed the State Heritage Office to begin the process for heritage listing all Victoria Cross recipients’ graves immediately, as the process is lengthy and multi-faceted.”
“This is an issue close to my heart and something that we committed to while in Opposition.”
Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley also commented, speaking about the importance of the Victoria Cross and the stories of those who served.
“The Victoria Cross is the highest award an officer of the armed services can receive, and is awarded for bravery or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy,” he said.
“The protection of war graves belonging to our soldiers is both fitting and appropriate.”
“Not only will the graves be protected for the future, but the individual stories of the VC recipients will be uncovered and shared with the community.”
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